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There might be some Red Sox position
players and pitchers scaling back on playing time and catching up on a little
rest after John Farrell’s bunch clinched their first AL East crown in six years
on Friday night.
Clay Buchholz won’t be one of them.
Buchholz, who missed three months
with a neck strain and inflammation in the bursa sac of his pitching shoulder,
was able to increase his pitch count again since coming back from the disabled
list, but that small positive was overshadowed by the right-hander’s first loss
of the year in a 4-2 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays last night at Fenway Park.
The 29-year-old needed 106 pitches
to get through six innings, as he surrendered six hits and three runs (two
earned) while walking two and striking out only two. Buchholz had won 11
straight to start the season, and the Red Sox’ lead over Oakland for home-field
advantage throughout the postseason shrunk to 11⁄2 games.
“I told (Farrell) I could go back
out (to pitch the seventh) if he wanted me to,” Buchholz said. “But it was like
a 15-20 pitch jump from last time out, so I felt as good in the sixth as I did
in the first.”
Herald: Buchholz suffers 1st loss of '13
I knew I would jinx Clay when I said he would not lose a game this season. I'll take full blame.
For those who saw Clay's first imperfection of the season and is now worried, don't be, he is fine. We will still hear guys call up WEEI and make statements that he is not going to be a reliable #1 starter in the playoffs, and this will start a downward turn. People I love to laugh at.
Will it start a slump? No. It wasn't a bad outing at all. Six innings, surrendering only 2 earned runs, and 6 hits. If Mark Buehrle gave up just a couple more runs, Clay may have had his 12th win.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Buchholz, Farrell discuss first loss | Recap: Tor 4, Bos 2 | Clay Buchholz adding life to Red Sox party | ESPN Boston: Cherington knows this is just the start | Notes: Lineup quirks and rest for regulars | Buchholz suffers first loss as Jays top Sox | Gomes diary: On partying, playoffs | Herald: The case for Iglesias | John Farrell's decisiveness, honesty, touch key to Sox season | 1st things 1st for Sox | Winter can bring qualified benfits |
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(Getty Images)Clay Buchholz lost for the first time this year and the Red Sox found their best record position in serious trouble in a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday. Buchholz—who started the season 9-0—fell to 11-1 with a 6-inning performance in which he gave up just two earned runs. Most of the damage was done with two outs and nobody on in the fourth—when the Jays crossed...
It took until the end of September, but Clay Buchholz was finally handed his first loss of the season on Saturday night.
The right-hander surrendered three runs on six hits in six innings of work as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays 4-2. After throwing about 15-20 more pitches than his last outing, Buchholz reiterated that he is back to full health and he said he felt good out on...
BOSTON — In two weeks, there will be no room for moral victories. Until then, it’s fair game for the Red Sox to draw positives from losses.
The Red Sox dropped a 4-2 decision to the Blue Jays in the middle game of the teams’ three-game set at Fenway Park on Saturday. Clay Buchholz suffered his first loss of 2013, and Mark Buehrle minimized Boston’s chances during his six...
Clay Buchholz lost for the first time this season, and the AL East champion Boston Red Sox fell to Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Saturday night.
A day after the Red Sox clinched the division title, they lost for just the sixth time in 21 games.
Buchholz (11-1) gave up two earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He had pitched 11 scoreless innings in his...
Despite being saddled with his first loss of the season, Clay Buchholz had a lot to feel good about on Saturday night.
Buchholz felt good physically, and he felt his command improving from his last game against the Yankees. With the exception of the fourth inning where things “snowballed,” as the right-hander put it, Buchholz tossed a good game. John Farrell agreed and said...
The Red Sox will send Jon Lester against Esmil Rogers tonight in pursuit of the American League East crown. On Saturday night, Clay Buchholz will face off against Mark Buehrle, while Felix Doubront will match up against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday afternoon.
Say it with me on the count of three.
1…2…3: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST CHAMPIONS!!!
OK, now that’s over with, time to focus on the next goal, which is clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The AL East Champion Boston Red Sox sit just two games up in the loss column with seven to go for the best record in the American League....
First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Friday: Esmil Rogers, RHP (5-7, 4.47 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (14-8, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday: Mark Buehrle, LHP (11-9, 4.17 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (11-0, 1.51 ERA)
Sunday: R.A. Dickey, RHP (13-12, 4.21 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (10-6, 4.15 ERA)
Or "Farrell for Manager of the Year." Any way you look at it, the Red Sox have had an impressive season, and John Farrell has been the driving force behind the change. The Boston Herald names his decisiveness, honesty, and touch as main reasons for his success. He separated himself from Bobby Valentine in multiple ways, like his attention...
BOSTON — The Red Sox made good on their promise.
Even if the Red Sox fail to notch a single playoff win, we can all look back at the 2013 season and say that John Farrell and Co. lived up to their preseason pledges.
The key word back in October when Farrell was hired as the 46th manager in Red Sox history was, “relentless.” Before long, the trait became ingrained in Boston’s...
BOSTON — The Red Sox are a confident team, regardless of the venue. They’ve been particularly tough at Fenway Park, though, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is in their grasps.
The Red Sox enter Sunday’s action with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Athletics for the best record in the American League. While John Farrell will look to give some guys some rest over Boston’s...
BOSTON — The Red Sox have a major issue on their hands, and it involves Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia was given the night off Saturday. No big deal, right? Well, Pedroia doesn’t really function like most other athletes — or people for that matter. The veteran second baseman almost certainly would rather be on the field, which means that it should be an interesting night for those...
Stephen Drew has a .293 batting average in close games and in late innings. He bats .299 with two outs and .281 versus right-handed pitchers. He has 64 RBIs and a .768 on-base percentage. But his kryptonite? Lefties.
Drew bats an abysmal .181 versus southpaws, which is bad enough to bump his entire average down to .246. And with the postseason coming...
(AP Photo)According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, injured centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury could be back in the lineup as early as Wednesday night in Denver. Ellsbury is rehabbing from a broken bone in his right foot, and has begun baseball activities. The dynamic lead-off hitter has missed 14 games, but Farrell is still optimistic on his return before the post-season, "Hopefully...
5:02 p.m.: John Farrell said Friday that Ryan Dempster will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.
4:58 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury took part in baseball activities Friday for the first time since being diagnosed with a navicular bone fracture in his right foot. He threw and hit off a tee, which is an encouraging sign. There’s still no timetable for Ellsbury’s return...